What was graphite believed to be a form of?

lead
mercury
iron
chalk
When large deposit of graphite was found in the 16th century in England, it was thought to be a form of lead. In many lan­guages, the word for pencil lit­er­al­ly means lead pen. (German Bleis­tift, Polish ołówek, Arabic قلم رصاص)

Answers distribution

lead
mercury
iron
chalk
answers
flagIndia
81%
7%
4%
5%
391
flagAustralia
81%
3%
3%
9%
64
flagMalaysia
78%
3%
0%
17%
28
flagthe Philippines
77%
3%
3%
10%
57
flagthe United States
76%
5%
6%
8%
1063
flagthe United Arab Emirates
76%
3%
6%
13%
30
flagCanada
75%
6%
5%
12%
74
flagNorway
73%
7%
4%
14%
42
flagSpain
72%
3%
10%
10%
29
flagthe United Kingdom
71%
6%
6%
13%
603
flagGermany
70%
5%
8%
14%
212
flagItaly
69%
18%
4%
6%
43
flagthe Netherlands
68%
6%
12%
12%
47
flagPakistan
68%
4%
6%
11%
45
flagPoland
63%
7%
12%
16%
15950
flagUkraine
61%
11%
5%
20%
34
flagFrance
58%
9%
9%
22%
62
flagRepublic of Ireland
56%
10%
16%
16%
37
flagUnknown
55%
8%
8%
27%
109
flagAustria
53%
7%
7%
23%
26

Gender

men59%
women62%
lead
59%
62%
mercury
6%
7%
iron
12%
12%
chalk
21%
17%

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